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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Altofts

If you've moved and have questions about Altofts? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Altofts will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Altofts water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Altofts.

About Altofts, West Yorkshire

Altofts WF6 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Altofts?

Altofts water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Altofts

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Altofts water account.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water telephone number Yorkshire Water Emergency telephone number
0345 124 2424 0800 573 553
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Yorkshire Water

You can also get in touch with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Yorkshire Water can do so by writing to the Yorkshire Water address below:

Yorkshire Water Address
Western House, Halifax Road
Bradford
BD6 2SZ

Cost of water in Altofts

Water bill in Altofts

Water rates in Altofts depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Altofts water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Altofts water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Altofts

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Altofts property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Altofts home.

Unmetered Customers in Altofts

Customers without a meter at their Altofts home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Altofts home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Altofts will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Altofts water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Altofts might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Altofts?

The average water bill Altofts residents are billed is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Altofts water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Yorkshire Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Altofts bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Altofts?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Altofts WF6, your water supplier is Yorkshire Water.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Altofts Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Altofts have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Altofts

Is water from the tap in Altofts safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Altofts. You can rest assured that Altofts water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Altofts water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Altofts water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Altofts come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Altofts:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

How hard is the water in Altofts

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness in Altofts is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Altofts is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Altofts contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Altofts.

Altofts No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Altofts home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Altofts.

If there is no water at your Altofts home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Altofts.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Altofts water leak or flooding

Altofts water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Altofts home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Altofts property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Altofts taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Altofts water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Altofts water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Altofts water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Altofts WF6

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Altofts home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Altofts with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Altofts Average Download Speed Altofts Average Upload Speed
64.47 Mbps 13.23 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Altofts. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Altofts?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Altofts.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Altofts is the availability. The majority of homes in Altofts can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Altofts?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Altofts
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Altofts homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Altofts.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Altofts.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Altofts broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Altofts. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Altofts. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Altofts Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Altofts must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Altofts home is something to think about.

Altofts broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Altofts broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Altofts.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Altofts have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Altofts?

The average speed of broadband in Altofts is:

Altofts Average Download Speed Altofts Average Upload Speed
64.47 Mbps 13.23 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Altofts, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Altofts house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Altofts.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above and large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Altofts

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Altofts is 01924. If you're calling somebody in Altofts, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01924 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01924 Altofts call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Altofts

People living in Altofts are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Altofts home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Altofts distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Altofts in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Altofts

The electricity distribution network operator for Altofts is Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire. You can find the Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire contact details in the table below:

Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 011 3332
Emergencies 0800 375 675
Email cus.serv@northernpowergrid.com
Website https://www.northernpowergrid.com/
Address RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Altofts

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Altofts.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Altofts

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Altofts, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Altofts.

Closest five municipalities to Altofts
Municipality Distance from Altofts
Wakefield 3.55 miles
Outwood 3.55 miles
Kirkthorpe 3.55 miles
Eastmoor 3.55 miles
Alverthorpe 3.55 miles